Download Sea of Thieves Beta Version : How to get sea of thieves beta ?

The Sea of Thieves closed beta is back again, this time in the form of a tech test, with the long-awaited pirate adventure opening its doors to a small number of the public for the second time since its alpha.Here, we’ll be explaining everything you need to know about the Sea of Thieves closed beta start date and end date, the closed beta’s start times, and how to access the closed betatech test yourself – or whether or not you can at all.For other Sea of Thieves treasure troves of info, tips and tricks, set sail for our guides to how to download and install Sea of Thieves on PC and Xbox One, plus how progression, reputation and Commendations work in Sea of Thieves along with an explainer of Sea of Theives error messages like the Too Early error, too.

Sea of Thieves closed beta start date and time – when is the Sea of Thieves beta?

The Sea of Thieves closed beta tech test will run from February 16th to February 18th, starting at the following times:

  • UK: 10am (GMT)
  • Europe: 11am (CET)
  • East Coast US: 5am (EDT)
  • Central US: 4am (CST)
  • West Coast US: 2am (PST)

The closed beta ends, meanwhile, at the below times on February 18th:

  • UK: 10am (GMT)
  • Europe: 11am (CET)
  • East Coast US: 5am (EDT)
  • Central US: 4am (CST)
  • West Coast US: 2am (PST)

How to enter the Sea of Thieves closed beta – can you still get Sea of Thieves beta access?

The short answer is probably not – this beta is designed for those who were already in the closed beta, who could get in via the following methods:

  • If you participated in the Technical Alpha – this has already been and gone, but anyone who had access to that alpha also automatically has access to this closed beta.
  • If you signed up to the Sea of Thieves Insider Programme – the cutoff for this was December 1st 2017, but if you did then you automatically get access too.
  • By pre-ordering the game – This one’s slightly more complicated, as depending on who you pre-ordered from you’ll have to take a couple of different steps, which we’ll explain below! The good news is you can still do this right now and get access.

It may be worth trying one of the above, but we can’t confirm if it’ll work this time around. Rare has said there’s another beta on the horizon though, so if you can’t get into the tech test, maybe you can next time!

How to access the Sea of Thieves closed beta if you pre-ordered the game:

Access should work in the same way as before.

If you pre-ordered through the Xbox or Windows Store directly, then Sea of Thieves will simply appear in your library 24 hours before the beta starts, where you can download it in advance to get into the action right away.

If you bought it through other means, you need to first redeem the code for the Black Dog cosmetic pack which comes with it, then it’ll appear in your library in the same way, 24 hours before the beta starts again.

You can nab it on Amazon for Sea of Thieves on Xbox hereSea of Thieves on PC here, and there’s even a snazzy Sea of Thieves Xbox Controller you can pilfer for your treasure chest, too.

What else do we know and what will be in Sea of Thieves at launch and post-launch?

The tech test is just that – a tech test, rather than a proper beta – and there are likely going to be a number of disruptive tech issues that stop you playing as Rare runs the checks ahead of launch. That said, we do know what will be in the game at launch, or at least we have a good idea.

In the first closed beta, we got a pretty good taste of the basic moment-to-moment stuff we’ll be doing in the final game, with normal quests largely centering around ferrying chests and other MacGuffins back and forth, avoiding the risk of conquest or pure distraction as you go.


Since then however, Eurogamer’s Wesley Yin-Poole has been to visit developer Rare to talk about Sea of Thieves, where we’ve gleaned far more about what to expect come launch day and beyond. There’s a lot to it, so here’s a pure and simple rundown of bullet points detailing everything we know:

  • First and foremost, raids are coming – these will take the form of Skeleton Forts (which explains the presence of mysterious “Fort Chests” in recent datamines) and will only appear for late-game players as a special endgame activity. They’re the hardest thing you can do in the game, normally requiring a full four-player crew that’s the maximum you can pre-assemble, and you may want to cooperate with fellow pirates you find in-game. That’ll take a bit of doing – and be part of the fun itself – because when a Skeleton Fort appears, a huge skull-shaped cloud will appear above the location, and anyone can join in, whether that’s to help out the crew and share the reward, or to try and nab it for themselves…
  • Your end goal is to become “Pirate Legend” – and that means a hideout all of your own. When you max out certain vendors in-game, some mysterious new ones will start appearing, giving you special endgame quests which, when completed, will then grant you the status of Pirate Legend. With that comes a special hideout, tucked away behind a waterfall (apparently one was actually in the beta, which no one found!). Your crewmates can visit the hideout, along with any other Pirate Legends in your instance of the world.
  • Further down the line post-launch, there’ll be Legendary Captain status which grants a cosmetically customisable ship and hideout all of you own, too, becoming your base of operation.
  • There are microtransactions, but only for cosmetics – namely in the form of pets, like monkeys or parrots, which serve as a kind of status symbol and can be interacted with in-game. So far, Rare have been pretty firm about the fact that no in-game purchases will ever affect gameplay or give one player an advantage over another.
  • There’s a whole animal system built around them in-game – speaking of wildlife, a lot of quests will be built around animals, with things like snakes requiring special tools for handling (one player has to play it a tune to hypnotise it, whilst the other has to man-handle it into its basket).
  • There is, indeed, a Kraken. More on that soon.

That’s all our new info for now, but you should absolutely give Wesley’s detailed Sea of Thieves preview impressions from his visit to Rare and time with the more feature-compelte version of the game, while you’re here.

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